Learn at ICS
Exceptional Student Success
Your children benefit from a world-class education that goes far beyond great test scores. We believe in developing learners who are the ‘drivers’ of their thinking.
At ICS, there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach to teaching and learning. Each student is encouraged to discover how he or she learns best. When students are conscious about applying their skills, they learn more effectively and more thoroughly. This awareness and self-knowledge are essential to success in life and in learning.
Supported by structured inquiry at school and urged to undertake authentic learning activities at home, ICS students are encouraged to develop the attributes and skills associated with self-directed learners. Over time, this understanding of how to use knowledge in real-life contexts builds character, empathy and resilience that will ‘future proof’ students in our quickly changing world.
After graduating ICS, I completed my Bachelor degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences in Belgium. I came back to Zurich for my Master degree at the ETH, I've now embarked on a PhD in Biology at the ETH Zurich.
Martina V, ICS Class of 2007
An IB World School
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is highly regarded by universities throughout the world. Accreditation ensures that the educational standards of all IB schools are both exceptional and globally uniform. ICS, as an IB World school, exceeds these standards.
ICS offers the curriculum of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme for all grade levels: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). As an IB plus school, our excellent teaching staff – all experts in their respective fields – create an enriched learning environment based on inquiry.
Our teachers believe that students learn best when given the opportunity to engage in meaningful learning experiences and make personal connections to content. In our curriculum, students strike a balance between learning through inquiry versus acquiring skills and knowledge. They also learn how to use higher-level thinking skills and reflect on their learning, both of which prepare them for lifelong learning.
Thinking about Thinking
‘Metacognition’ is simply a word for ‘thinking about one’s thinking.’ It involves awareness, analysis and understanding of one’s thinking processes and learning behaviours. Teachers across all divisions use metacognitive strategies to enhance the learning experience for students.
Preschool / Kindergarten
Pre-Kindergarten to Kindergarten 2. Ages 3–6.
An engaging programme builds a foundation.
Grades 1 to 5. Ages 6–11.
A rigorous inquiry-based curriculum stimulates authentic conceptual learning.
Grades 6 to 10. Ages 11–16.
Self-directed learning develops originality and resilience, plus deep enduring understanding.
Grades 11 to 12. Ages 16–18.
A demanding curriculum prepares students for top international university admission.
Join the school of first choice
We believe that ICS, as the international school of first choice in Zurich, is the right choice for our child and are ready to make the investment in their future.